Tuesday Mar 07, 2017. 18:00
Ghana star Asamoah Gyan has admitted that he is frustrated by his seemingly constant struggle against injury, but believes he can regain top form for UAE side Al Ahli.
Since joining the Arabian Gulf League side on loan from Shanghai SIPG at the start of the 2016/17 season, the Black Stars hitman has managed just 10 league appearances and three goals.
This is far short of the form he showed for Al Ahli’s rivals Al Ain between 2011 and 2015, when he struck almost a century of league goals and helped the club to multiple major honours.
Gyan has not been helped by a string of niggling injuries, but he believes if he can find and maintain his fitness, then the top performances and goals which made him one of the best players in the Gulf will return.
"It happens," Gyan told the thenational.ae, as quoted by GHANASoccernet.
"Sometimes when things go wrong, people will talk, when things go right people will talk. I’ve been in this game for almost 15 years so I know how it works. It doesn’t affect me at all. I’m trying to fight with myself because a fit Asamoah Gyan knows what he can do on the pitch.
"I’ve been in very difficult situation in the past nine months, but I’m still trying to make sure I get back to my normal fitness. Definitely I’m going to get it. I don’t predict, but I believe I’m going to get there.
"What is important is that I’m on the pitch. When I’m playing there are many opportunities: I can head, I can shoot, I’m blessed to have this kind of quality. When I’m on the pitch I know what I can do. The most important thing is to stay fit. That is what I’m praying for every time."
Gyan added, "Yeah, it’s very frustrating. And sometimes I see some criticism here and there, but they don’t know what is going on. People say things that they don’t normally have to say. I try to sacrifice myself.
"Even [against Jazira] I was playing with pain, but nobody knew. It’s one of those things. I have to just get back to my scoring form. Even sometimes when you don’t play and when you score it changes everything as a striker. So I’m just trying to look sharper and get back to my old Asamoah Gyan."